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An Interview with Brandon Hellman, Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship Recipient for 2020

Meet Brandon Hellman from the College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, the 2020 recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship. The award was established to honor Michael John Kidger, a well-respected educator, design software developer and member of the optical science and engineering community. We interviewed Brandon to learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.

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Posted in Industry Interviews

 

Synopsys Announces 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition Results

We are pleased to announce the winners of Synopsys’ 2020 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition. Our annual competition celebrates exceptional optical design research projects by college students in North America who use Synopsys’ optical software solutions. Meet our five winners!

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Posted in Design Competition, Featured

 

SPIE Optics + Photonics Digital Forum

Who’d have thought you could attend a conference and stay home at the same time? Because of the current world health situation, many conferences are now online, including the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference. In just a few weeks, SPIE will host this annual event as a free digital forum.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events, LightTools, Photonic Solutions, Trade shows and conferences

 

Design First-Time-Right Automotive Lighting Systems with LucidShape in CATIA

LucidShape CAA V5 Based v2020.06 includes powerful design features and stunning photorealistic rendering capabilities for headlight, tail light, and signal light innovations

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Posted in LucidShape, Product features

 

Success Story: Designing the World’s First Fully Digital 3D Digital Surgical Microscope with LightTools

When ARRI Medical wanted to make the ARRISCOPE, the world’s first, high-definition, fully digital 3D surgical microscope, they turned to Julius Muschaweck from JMO GmbH; Gauting for the illumination system design. Read this success story on how Muschaweck used LightTools to get the job done on schedule.

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Posted in Featured, LightTools, Success Story

 

Synopsys Expands Modeling Capabilities for InP-Based PIC Design with the Latest FhG-HHI Process Design Kit

Synopsys is pleased to announce that a new, production-ready process design kit (PDK) for Fraunhofer HHI’s Indium Phosphide (InP) integrated photonics process is now available for the PIC Design Suite. In addition to smaller updates for layout and design rule checking (DRC), a complete model library has been implemented for OptSim Circuit to support InP-based photonic integrated circuit (PIC) design and simulation.

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Posted in Photonic Solutions

 

Making the Most Out of Working from Home – Attend These Virtual Events

With many of us working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to forgo travel, trips, attending trade shows, and in-person training. Many trade shows have been cancelled or postponed. Connecting with people has been challenging, and we have been relying on technology and the internet to get in touch with colleagues. So, as you settle in at your home office, we have made a way for you to connect with us and make the most of your time working from home. Here are some training resources and upcoming webinars. Also, connect with us on social media.

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Posted in CODE V, Current Events, LightTools, LucidShape, Photonic Solutions, Product features

 

Validate Pixel Headlight Designs with LucidDrive

The LucidDrive tool – part of the LucidShape product family — provides the ability to perform virtual night-driving simulations that generate realistic lighting scenes in real time. Designers can quickly and accurately evaluate beam patterns for exterior automotive lighting applications on the road, traffic signs, and surroundings prior to expensive fabrication and testing.

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Posted in LucidShape, Releases

 

AIM Photonics/Analog Photonics SiP Process Design Kit v4.0 Enhances Circuit Simulations

Synopsys and Analog Photonics are pleased to announce that a new, sign-off ready process design kit (PDK) based on Analog Photonics’ silicon photonics (SiP) design library is now available for the Synopsys PIC Design Suite, which includes the OptSim Circuit and OptoDesigner tools complemented with Synopsys’ physical verification solution IC Validator.

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Posted in Photonic Solutions

 

Meet Dr. Aaron Bauer, Winner of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award

Dr. Aaron Bauer of the University of Rochester is the 2020 recipient of the Kevin P. Thompson Optical Design Innovator Award, which recognizes significant contributions to lens design, optical engineering, or metrology. The award was established in memory of Kevin Thompson, who was Group Director of the Synopsys Optical Engineering Services team. We interviewed Dr. Bauer to learn how he became interested in optics, his current research projects, and his future goals.

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Posted in Engineering Services, Industry Interviews